Ascent of La Côte-de-Gaspé High Point on 2014-06-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, June 26, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:La Côte-de-Gaspé High Point
    Elevation:2900 ft / 883 m

Ascent Trip Report

A dirt track climb with a short dense difficult bushwack to 2 peaks..... 11.6km, 3h40 hours for both peaks with all breaks.

This is the 5th day of our 9 day trip to the Gaspe, the priority for day was the the Parc National Forillon HP. It was not to be, I couldn't find the TH on Hwy #197 that I wanted to use and I didn't want to use the IAT so I decided to forget it and move on to Murdochville. We drove west on #198.

Murdochville is a very quite community of 700, compared to a population of 6000 in its boom days. The copper mine was closed in 2002 and today there is a government call center (employs 65), a copper museum/interpretive center and tourist information office, small ski center and ugly wind farms on the surrounding hills. A perfect example of what mining does to an area and how governments pick up the left over by throwing money at it.

From the Tourist Information Center on Hwy #198 we drove south 100M to a dirt road on the right, then 300M to an overhead Power Line. We parked here this was my TH, the HP is to the west.

I followed/climbed a dirt track on the Power Line right-of-way as it climbs westerly about 2.5km to the height-of-land on the southwest slopes of Mont L'Aiguille (summit is to the right at 500M). The Power Line continues/descends and bends southwest (left) to a substation on the northwest-southeast mountain ridge (in 1.3km)(GPS 48.93974,-65.52825). The mountain has a string of windmills and from the substation a service road climbs the ridge northwest to the summit (1.5km) and beyond.

The summit area is extremely dense with stunted pines, impossible to pick the high ground. I fought my way inside the woods with not much success, finally choosing a spot at GPS 48.94796,-65.53467 which is 75M west of Windmill #19, 50M south of road.

MONT L'AIGUILLE .... 1km RT from Power Line on west slope.
On the way back from the COHP I left the Power line on the west slopes and climbed .5k km to the summit ... a broken wooden stair case climbs to a pointed peak with all loose rock and equipped with a Communication Tower and small shed (rusted equipment). My GPS 48.94635,-65.51530. The views from this vantage point are superb, you really get to see the beauty of man's creation ..... a huge open pit ugly landscape with no trees, rusted equipment, windmills as far as the eyes can see, power transmission lines, substations on mountain ridges, mountain ridges scarred with service roads, etc. etc. Where is the green planet?

After getting back to Rose at the TH (she visited the Copper Interpretative Center) we went to climb Mont Porphyre.


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From summit of L'Aiguille looking north at village of Murdochville with the abandoned copper mine and the peak of Mont de Porphyre to the left (2014-06-26). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1528 ft / 464 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:power line wb from hwy #198
    Trailhead:Hwy #198  1772 ft / 540 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: gaspe

Complete Trip Sequence:
1La Côte-de-Gaspé High Point2014-06-26 a1528 ft / 466 m
2L'Aiguille2014-06-26 b350 ft / 107 m
Total Trip Gain: 1878 ft / 573 m    Total Trip Loss: 1878 ft / 573 m

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